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Managing trash disposal touted in fighting crime

Jason Bridge | Valley News Dis
Shank Sanitation workers Matt Bumbarger, left, and his father, Larry Bumbarger, pick up trash along White Oak Drive in Allegheny Township on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.

Safety tips

Local police offer the follow tips:

• Avoid leaving a porch light on when away. It's a signal to burglars that no one is home.

• Cut up large appliance or television boxes and other packaging for expensive items and put them in a trash bag.

• Drop off boxes and packaging directly to the recycling center.

• When on vacation, put interior lights on a timer so they switch on for several hours at night. Or have a neighbor watch the house.

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Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, 12:06 a.m.
 

Taking care when throwing out Christmas present packaging could prevent a burglary at your home, police say.

Residents should avoid placing television boxes or electronics packaging at the curb.

“We certainly don't encourage people to do that, it advertises what's inside the house,” Allegheny Township police Chief John Fontaine said. “We encourage people to cut boxes up into smaller pieces or put it inside a garbage bag where it isn't visible.”

Thefts in the township typically do not increase over the holidays, Fontaine said. He believes that's because officers step up the amount of patrols.

“Our officers are vigilant about patrolling residential neighborhoods post-Christmas because of that,” he said.

Springdale Township police Chief Michael Naviglia said police visibility is a “huge” crime deterrent.

He advises residents to call their local police department if they see any suspicious activity or someone sitting inside a vehicle for a long period.

“That's what they're paying us for — to come and check things out,” Naviglia said.

There have been a number of daylight break-ins in the township, he said.

“They knock on the front door and if no one answers, then they go to the back door and kick it in,” Naviglia said. “My big concern is people going to work and junkies breaking into their homes.”

Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4702 or jweigand@tribweb.com.

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